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17 September 2010, 07:39 AM ET
A new photo from the Hubble Space Telescope shows huge pillars of hydrogen gas and dust in the Carina Nebula, 7,500 light-years from Earth.
16 September 2010, 05:39 PM ET
The so-called Galaxy 15 zombie satellite did not shut itself down in late August as was originally predicted.
15 September 2010, 07:35 PM ET
A stunning photo shows a telescope in Chile blasting a bright orange laser into the sky, creating a virtual star in the heart of the Milky Way.
14 September 2010, 10:32 PM ET
The so-called fine-structure constant may have different values in different parts of the universe.
14 September 2010, 07:55 AM ET
An intensely bright star that lies between Earth and a distant galaxy stole the show in an image from the Hubble Space Telescope that was intended to capture the star-filled galaxy.
10 September 2010, 01:16 PM ET
Microscopic shrapnel from a star that exploded around when our solar system was born was recently found in a meteorite that landed on Earth.
08 September 2010, 07:32 AM ET
The wispy arms of a spiral galaxy that is similar to our own Milky Way can be seen in striking detail in a new image from the European Southern Observatory.
07 September 2010, 05:12 PM ET
Massive, distant galaxies have been spotted gorging on smaller ones to build up their bulk in a far-flung cannibal feast, scientists report.
06 September 2010, 09:40 AM ET
New images capture a galactic "super-volcano" in the massive galaxy M87 is erupting and blasting gas outwards.
03 September 2010, 04:13 PM ET
A new picture reveals our sun up-close like never before.
03 September 2010, 01:26 PM ET
A new glimpse of a well-known supernova could provide new clues about how dying stars affect their surroundings.
03 September 2010, 07:29 AM ET
New research pins down the epoch when galaxy clusters make the last of their stars, helping astronomers understand more about how galaxies form.
02 September 2010, 02:09 PM ET
A new glimpse of a well-known supernova could provide new clues about how dying stars affect their surroundings.
01 September 2010, 01:02 PM ET
Hot water vapor has been discovered in the atmosphere of an aging star, surprising scientists who thought the chemistry of such stars would have forbid it.
01 September 2010, 07:53 AM ET
A striking galaxy buzzing with energetic star formation takes center stage in a new photograph that showcases an unusual "superwind" of out-flowing gas.
25 August 2010, 01:13 PM ET
The origin of monster black holes at the hearts of galaxies may have begun in galaxy collisions during the earliest period of universe.
25 August 2010, 07:37 AM ET
Giant rings of ultraviolet light have been spotted around some ancient galaxies, the likes of which have never been seen before.
19 August 2010, 02:05 PM ET
When galaxies collide, the merger between the supermassive black holes at their hearts could create super-powerful jets of radiation, a new study suggests.
18 August 2010, 11:36 AM ET
A magnetized neutron star formed from a progenitor so massive, it should have been a black hole.
12 August 2010, 01:02 PM ET
The violet sparkles of baby stars lighten the dark field of the Tarantula Nebula, a yellow-tinged cloud of gas in a nearby galaxy, in a new photo released this week.
12 August 2010, 07:39 AM ET
An eccentric galaxy was photographed by the Hubble Space Telescope in an arresting new image.
05 August 2010, 11:32 AM ET
A new image of two colliding galaxies - the Antennae galaxies, located about 62 million light years from Earth - are shown in this composite image from the Chandra X-ray Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
22 July 2010, 05:23 PM ET
Despite some overzealous news headlines recently, NASA's Kepler spacecraft has not indentified more than 100 Earth-like planets in the galaxy.
20 July 2010, 08:11 AM ET
Some astronomers believe a hidden mini star nicknamed Nemesis is orbiting the sun, and causing a regular cycle of mass extinctions. New research purportedly rules this idea out.
20 July 2010, 08:09 AM ET
Why certain stars explode in supernovas is a mystery to scientists, and a new study found that the situation is even murkier than thought because some of the light from these stars may be blocked.
14 July 2010, 02:06 PM ET
Enhanced with new data from NASA, Microsoft's WorldWide Telescope lets users make their own astronomic discoveries.
13 July 2010, 02:24 PM ET
A roiling interstellar cloud and filled with newborn stars shines in vivid colors in a newly released snapshot from the Hubble Space Telescope.
01 July 2010, 07:47 AM ET
Scientists have recreated the chemical reactions that brought the very first stars into being.
30 June 2010, 01:01 PM ET
Depending on the angle that astronomers view a supernova, it will look somewhat different, like two faces of the same coin.
23 June 2010, 07:43 AM ET
A galaxy tail that is speckled with bright knots of new stars is seen in a newly-released photo that was taken by one of NASA's orbiting space telescopes.
22 June 2010, 09:25 AM ET
A new photo a star shedding its gassy layers bears a striking resemblance to a red jellyfish floating in a sea of green kelp.
21 June 2010, 01:05 PM ET
The youngest unborn star currently known – an object so early in its formation that it isn't fully developed into a true star – has been caught on camera in a new study.
21 June 2010, 08:10 AM ET
Enormous black holes, some of the most powerful sources of radiation in the universe, apparently switch on after galaxies collide.
18 June 2010, 04:54 PM ET
NASA's Kepler spacecraft hunting for Earth-like planets around other stars has found 706 candidates for potential alien worlds while gazing at more than 156,000 stars packed into a single patch of the sky. Stringent follow-up checks will determine if they
09 June 2010, 07:55 AM ET
The darkness of the new moon in June is the best time to observe spring galaxies.
02 June 2010, 10:03 AM ET
Astronomers have measure the tiny motions of several hundred young stars within a central cluster for the first time by using the Hubble Space Telescope.